The Premier League Gameweek 16 began with newly-promoted Brentford and Watford. Chelsea faced Leeds United in Stamford Bridge in a thrilling encounter.
The “Big 4” of the Premier League: Manchester City, United, Chelsea and Liverpool all won after scoring penalties.
As the year is about to end with Christmas coming around the corner, the league schedule is getting more and more congested. To wrap up Gameweek 16, Viera’s Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-1.
Gameweek 16 : Round 1( Saturday)
Chelsea 3-2 Leeds United
Chelsea certainly dominated the game in the first 15 minutes but there was no end product to show for it. After such a strong push from Chelsea, Leeds adapted to the game slowly.
In the 28th minute, Marcos Alonso fouled Daniel James and Leeds won a penalty. Their top scorer Raphinha made no mistake as he sent Mendy the other way.
After conceding a penalty, Marcos Alonso won the ball in a great play and then crossed it. Mason Mount received the cross and then scored the first goal.
Just after halftime, The Blues made a comeback and out of all players, Rudiger popped up in the penalty box. Unfortunately for Leeds star Raphinha, he ended up fouling him and Jorginho converted the penalty with ease.
Leeds then again made a comeback with substitute Roberts picking out Gelhardt who equalised for them.
In the 94th minute, it felt as if the match was over but then Rudiger won one more penalty for Chelsea. Jorginho as usual made no mistake and calmly converted the penalty to win the match.
Arsenal 3-0 Southampton
After losing 3 of their 4 last matches, this was a much-needed win for the Gunners.
Arteta dropped Aubameyang because of a disciplinary reason. Alexandre Lacazzete opened the scoreline for The Gunners. Martin Odegaard quickly doubled up the scoreline for Arsenal.
The Gunners were in no mood to stop and kept on attacking and attacking. Their centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes scored the third goal. The scoreline could have been 4-0 but Willy Caballero saved Tomiyasu’s shot.
Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard returned to Anfield but as a manager, this time he came with hopes of beating his beloved ex-club.
Things were fine for Gerrard until Liverpool skipped Mohammad Salah drew out a foul from Tyrone Mings in the penalty area. Salah then converted it easily against Emiliano Martinez.
Manchester City 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
The first half between City and Wolves was not fruitful for either side.
Just after halftime Bernardo Silva then won the penalty for The Cityzens after Moutinho blocked the shot with his arm. After a lengthy VAR check, Sterling converted the chance and City won the match.
Manchester United 1-0 Norwich City
Despite winning, Manchester United played an average game, they underperformed especially Ronaldo who missed a few clear chances.
Despite Ronaldo scoring the penalty against Norwich, United would have lost if it weren’t for David De Gea. On and off he made great saves against Norwich and one amazing save against Pukki.
Gameweek 16 : Round 2 (Sunday)
Burnley 0-0 West Ham
Perhaps the most boring match in Gameweek 16. Though the match was not entertaining to watch, it was an important one for both sides. Especially West Ham, who are looking to solidify their spot in the top 4.
Neither side deserved to win after a lack of creation and production from both teams.
Leicester 4-0 Newcastle United
The Foxes absolutely thrashed Newcastle and they pulled it off without Jamie Vardy. Maddison led the team and played a key role in three goals. Youri Tielemans even won a penalty which Maddison scored without any difficulties.
The highlight of the evening was when Maddison made a beautiful pass to Daka who then easily scored the 4th goal.
Crystal Palace 3-1 Everton
After Chelsea vs Leeds United, this was perhaps the most exciting match in Gameweek 16. Everton were very drab in attack but Crystal Palace created their own chances properly.
Gallagher’s first goal was rather a simple and clinical one but the second one was unstoppable. He curled a rocket in the 91st minute under pressure from a Palace defender. The shot went in the goal via the crossbar as the youngster completely sealed the victory for his team.
Brentford 2-1 Watford
Emmanuel Dennis’s goal was of no use since Brentford made a comeback after the 84th minute.
Pontus Jansson scored in the 84th minute but then they won a penalty in the 96th minute. Bryan Mbuemo converted it to win the match as the crowd went wild.
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